A Look At Various Electric Saving Devices
So, you’ve decided that you want to start saving electricity. That’s great! No matter what you motivation is (financial or environmental) this is a good activity that more people should be involved in. Now that you’ve made the initial decision, it’s time for you to learn the ropes. And by that I mean, learn about the best ways to save electricity.
Now, you have your usual tips and tricks which don’t cost anything (or very little) to start applying. For the sake of convenience, here’s a few of them:
- Washing clothes and dishes with cold water only
- Switching to LED light bulbs
- Only buying Energy Star certified appliances
- Using natural light during the day
- Using a fan instead of the a/c if possible
- Using a space heater instead of the whole heating system
- Turning off appliances
- Unplugging unused appliances
Now the above tips are great and will certainly get you started in the right direction. Yet, they will only get you so far. Believe it or not, even by applying all of the above with dedication and honesty, you’ll only cut your usage by about 10% monthly.
While that isn’t bad, you can do much better. Just keep in mind that it’s not about using less necessarily, it’s about using SMARTER.
By that I mean using electricity in a more efficient way. You can do the same activity, but if you do it right, it will take you less effort. The same can be said with appliances and their use of electricity. An LED bulb provides just as much light as an incandescent one. Only difference is that the LED uses far less electricity (20% or less than that of a traditional bulb) and lasts 50 times as long. See? Higher efficiency.
So that’s the goal with energy saving. Be as efficient as possible. While some habit changes like those above will boost efficiency, to take it up to the next level, you’ll need some help.
Electric Saving Devices
That’s where certain devices come into play. See, there’s appliances and devices out there whose sole purpose is to improve the electrical efficiency of your existing appliances. Meaning they are designed to save you power and money. Now, not all of them are true blue; there’s plenty of scams out there. But fear not, because below you’ll find some quality electric saving devices that do pass the acid test and really can save you money and power.
The first one we’ll look at is a programmable thermostat. This is a device that allows you to fully automate your air conditioner. You set up when it turns on and when it turns off, and what temperature it maintains hourly. Many come with energy saving settings built in, but if yours doesn’t here’s what you want it to do:
- Turn off in the morning when everyone leaves for school or work
- Turn back on about 20 minutes before people begin arriving home so they are greeted with a cool and comfortable home
- Start slowly raising the temperature at night once people are starting to go to sleep and it isn’t as hot outside
With these general settings you’ll be able to save a pretty penny on a/c costs. You may need to play around with the temperature settings to find what’s right for you.
The next device is an electric saver 1200. This is a device that works to recycle the power that gets wasted by certain appliances. Your air conditioner, pool pump and other appliances will draw more electricity from the power company than they actually need to function. The additional, unnecessary power will inevitably go to waste (though you had to pay for it) unless this is corrected. That’s exactly what an electric saver will do. It will collect this wasted energy and send it back to your appliances for actual use thus raising the electrical efficiency level of the entire home. Using this one device, you can save about 15% on your electricity bill each and every month.
Using the devices above (as well as the tips found in the beginning of this article) you stand to lover your electricity usage by more than 20%. That’s actually a pretty significant amount of savings. Also, when you consider the cost of an electric saver and a programmable thermostat, these devices will pay for themselves in a couple of months and after that will be all savings. If you pay $200 for electricity each month, you’ll be saving $480 each year at just 20% savings. Not too shabby huh?